Amy Klobuchar says she won’t be running for the position of Vice President under Joe Biden to make room for a woman of color.
The former Democratic presidential candidate from Minnesota announced on Thursday that she is withdrawing from consideration to be on the 2020 ticket because she thinks, “[t]his is a moment to put a woman of colour on that ticket.”
Her withdrawal from nomination provides room for other candidates like Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and fellow presidential hopeful Kamala Harris less competition.
Klobuchar has been considered a top contender for the spot in Joe Biden’s campaign, along with Elizabeth Warren, who has redoubled her efforts to earn the position.
Speaking to MSNBC, Klobuchar said that she has thus far refused to comment on the selection process. Since earning the Democratic nomination, Biden has said repeatedly that he would choose a woman to be his running mate.
“But let me tell you this,” Klobuchar said. “After what I’ve seen in my state, what I’ve seen across the country, this is a historic moment. And America must seize on this moment.”
“And I truly believe, as I actually told the vice president last night when I called him, that I think this is a moment to put a woman of colour on that ticket,” Klobuchar continued. “And there are so many incredibly qualified women, but if you want to heal this nation now — my party, yes, but this nation — that’s sure a hell of a way to do it.”
Klobuchar’s statement was quickly taken apart by political pundits on Twitter, with some suggesting that she had simply made the statement to clear her own reputation.
“Klobuchar was no longer being considered and that's a fact,” wrote New York Magazine contributor Yashar Ali. “She knew that. To make a big show out of pulling herself out of contention when there was nothing to pull herself out of is something else. To use it as moment to try and clean up her terrible record is just astounding.”
“It's just like when she was tweeting out news about George Floyd's murder and how prosecutors were going to charge police officers. She did it in a way that left some people thinking she was involved in the decision making,” he said. “It's all so cynical and yet unsurprising.”
Conservative commentator Chad Felix Greene condemned Klobuchar for virtue signalling, describing it as “pure, transparent, deeply insulting and offensive racism.”